“A cool, new t…

“A cool, new take on the classic Dark Knight franchise, Beware the Batman incorporates Batman’s core characters with a rogues gallery of new villains not previously seen in animated form. Along with backup from ex-secret agent Alfred and lethal swordstress Katana, the Dark Knight faces the twisted machinations of Gotham City’s criminal underworld led by the likes of Anarky, Professor Pyg, Mister Toad and Magpie.

“Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, this action-packed detective thriller deftly redefines what we have come to know as a ‘Batman show.’ Featuring cutting-edge CGI visuals to match the intricate twists and turns of the narrative, Batman steps out of the shadows and into the spotlight for an entirely new generation of fans. With WBA’s Sam Register executive producing, and Batman Beyond’s Glen Murakami and Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated’s Mitch Watson producing, Beware the Batman, based on characters from DC Comics, is coming soon to Cartoon Network!”

Shows returning to Cartoon Network include Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Young Justice, Star Wars: the Clone Wars




IDW Publishing has announced a joint venture with Topps for the co-production of a Broadway musical based on the Mars Attacks saga, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2012. While Topps and IDW have each had success with their properties in film, a Broadway production is a first for both companies.

“Topps and IDW recently made a long-term commitment to Mars Attacks in the form of an ongoing comic book series, and this unique project is an extension of that,” said Ira Friedman, Topps VP of Publishing and Licensing.

Greg Goldstein, president of IDW Publishing, said, “We’ve been hard at work preparing our new comic series since last fall, and a live stage production was the logical next step in expanding our partnership. This will be a ferocious, seat-of-your-pants musical that will engage audiences — a jaw-dropping extravaganza unlike anything theatre-goers have seen before.”

The musical, to be titled Mars Attacks: 21st Century Slaughter, will be written and produced by comics veteran John Layman, and set in the same continuity as the comic book that he is writing. Layaman’s story, adapted for the stage, chronicles the modern-day invasion of Earth by grotesque aliens from Mars, who utilize giant insects, killer robots and a variety of stunning death rays to conquer the planet.

“Ever since I saw The Sound of Music as a youngster living in New York I have dreamed of a career on Broadway, and I’m very excited to be branching out into theatre,” said Layman. “My approach to Mars Attacks on stage is sort of a science fiction version of West Side Story: a human and a Martian involved in a star-crossed romance, set against the backdrop of a violent interstellar war with all of humanity caught in between! It’s going to be a rollicking good time, with songs that will make you want to get up and dance!”

Mars Attacks: 21st Century Slaughter is scheduled for rehearsals later this year with a Broadway debut planned for 2013. Topps and IDW are in negotiations with a director/songwriter team and are currently seeking a 7-foot tall male lead with extensive rock vocal experience.



Here’s the scoop on the latest casting updates:

Hugh Dancy (Blood and Chocolate, Martha Marcy May Marlene) will co-star in NBC’s Hannibal as FBI agent Will Graham, the foil to the yet-to-be-cast serial killer Hannibal Lecter. Graham was played by Edward Norton in Red Dragon and by William Petersen in Manhunter. NBC is so confident in the show that the network has bypassed the pilot phase and has ordered 13 episodes up front, meaning we could see Hannibal on the small screen as early as this fall.

Eddie Izzard (The Riches, Shadow of the Vampire) is in line to play Grandpa in NBC’s Mockingbird Lane, NBC’s reboot of The Munsters that has been described as True Blood meets Modern Family meets Pushing Daisies. According to Deadline, Grandpa Munster is a vampire who “can shapeshift into rats, wolves and other creatures at will, but he’s also dapper and charming in a fedora.” Look for Mockingbird Lane sometime in 2013.

Famke Janssen (X-Men, House on Haunted Hill, The Faculty) and Bill (son of Stellan, brother of Alexander) Skarsgard will star in the previously announced Netflix series Hemlock Grove, to be directed by Eli Roth. Skarsgard will play a murder suspect trying to clear his name, while Janssen will play his mother. Hemlock Grove will air on Netflix’s streaming service beginning in early 2013.


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